Live Commentary: Aegon International final: Elena Vesnina vs. Jamie Hampton - as it happened

Live Commentary: Aegon International final: Vesnina vs. Hampton - as it happened
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Sports Mole's minute-by-minute report of Elena Vesnina's victory over Jamie Hampton in the Aegon International final at Eastbourne.

Elena Vesnina claimed her second WTA singles title on Saturday with a straight-sets victory over American Jamie Hampton in the final of the Aegon International at Eastbourne.

Both players struggled in windy conditions out on court but world number 36 Vesnina came through the opening set 6-2.

The Russian then remained on top in the second as she closed out the match 6-1.

Read Sports Mole's minute-by-minute report below to find out how the action unfolded.

1.02pmHello there and welcome to Sports Mole's live text coverage of this afternoon's Aegon International final between Elena Vesnina and Jamie Hampton.

1.03pmWe're almost heading straight into the action here as the players wait to enter the court.

1.06pmJamie Hampton is first out and she gets a great reception. It's worth saying that this is the American world number 41's first ever WTA final so the nerves are sure to be playing their part right now. Next out is Russian world number 36 Vesnina - this is her eighth WTA final.

1.08pmVesnina thrashed Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-0 to reach today's final, while Hampton came from a set down to earn an impressive win over Caroline Wozniacki.

1.10pmWEATHER UPDATE: There's a heck of a breeze going around Eastbourne at the moment but the good news is that it's clear and there are also some patches of blue sky.

1.14pmHere we go then, it'll be Vesnina to serve...

1.18pmVESNINA 1-0* HAMPTON (* denotes next server)

1.19pmVesnina gets off to a solid start with a hold. There were some great exchanges during that opening game as Hampton fought back from 0-30 to 30-30, but she eventually hits long to give her Russian opponent the first game.


1.23pmIt's a competitive game again from the two women but Hampton takes it when Vesnina whips a forehand wide. The wind is likely to play a big part in today's final as it continues to lash wildly around the court.


1.26pmMore of a routine hold for the Russian there as she gives us the first ace of the match. Hampton wins one point thanks to a rasping crosscourt backhand, but it's not enough.

1.27pmThere are now a few drops of rain in the air but it's nothing to severe. The players are in their respective chairs and it looks like they'll be staying there until this fleeting shower passes.

1.29pmThe umpire is having a feel of the grass and it looks like play will be resumed.


1.32pmNice and easy for Hampton as she holds to love. An ace gets her on her way before a delightful drop shot seals the game. The American is a great mix of strength and guile.


1.38pmIt takes her a while to get there, but Vesnina saves two break points before holding serve. The wind was wreaking havoc with both players there.


1.43pmA double fault from Hampton brings up a break point for Vesnina and the Russian converts when they American plants a backhand into the net while on the stretch. Vesnina really put her opponent under pressure there and it paid off.

1.48pmThis one is turning out to be a very hard-fought game. Hampton has squandered a couple of break points but we're back to deuce.

1.52pmSame again as Hampton gives herself the chance of a break point before slicing a backhand into the net. We're approaching the 10-minute mark for this game.


1.55pmHampton hits wide and Vesnina has what could be a vital game in this first set. Despite the wind, there were some sumptuous rallies between the pair but the Russian comes out on topand moves within one game of winning this set.


1.58pmHampton hits a forehand into the net and Vesnina has the set 6-2. The Russian has simply been more consistent so far and edges closer to the title.

2pmThe players have a quick breather and it will be Vesnina to start this second set.

2.02pmOf course, Hampton came back from a set down against Wozniacki yesterday so it's nothing new to her at this tournament. However, she needs to cut out the errors in this set if she is to get herself back in the match.

2.04pmVESNINA 6-2 1-0* HAMPTON

2.05pmVesnina rather cruelly gets a time violation on her way to holding the opening game of the second set. The wind is continually to cause problems for the players, including on their serves, but the umpire put her foot down on that occasion. Nevertheless, the Russian is off the mark.

2.11pmThis game is turning out to be a real scrap. Plenty of errors from both players.


2.14pmHampton hits the net again and Vesnina has the break to move into a 2-0 lead in this second set. That really was an ugly game from both players, not helped by the wind that continues to howl around the court. Not that the Russian will mind.

2.16pmVESNINA 6-2 3-0* HAMPTON

2.18pmA fairly straightforward hold from Vesnina to really strengthen her grip on this final. Hampton is looking a bit lost out there at the moment while her opponent is growing in confidence.

2.20pmVESNINA 6-2 *3-1 HAMPTON

2.21pmHaving lost the last seven games, Hampton gets on the board with a relatively comfortable hold. Can the American now find a way back into this final?

2.26pmThis is another one of those games that hangs in the balance. Vesnina is struggling to close it out at the moment.

2.28pmVESNINA 6-2 4-1* HAMPTON

2.29pmBIG hold for Vesnina as Hampton whacks a backhand into the net. That game ebbed and flowed before the Russian clinched it. A subtle fistpump suggests she knows the title is within her grasp. Hampton won't give up though.


2.33pmAnd that looks to be that. Vesnina breaks with ease and will now serve for the second WTA singles title of her career.


2.36pmHampton finds the net and Vesnina wins the Aegon International with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 triumph. The Russian dealt with the conditions better today and simply showed more consistency than her opponent.

2.37pmThe wind made it a nightmare for both players today, but Vesnina remained calm and deservedly takes the title. It's the second of her career after coming out on top in Hobart in January.

2.39pmJamie Hampton is getting plenty of plaudits from the fans and rightly so. She's entertained during the past week and, what with all of her injury problems, it was great to see her competing in her first WTA final.

2.40pmAnyway, that's all from me for now. However, we will shortly have a live commentary up and running for today's men's final as Gilles Simon takes on Feliciano Lopez. Stay tuned.

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